Venezuela’s rebel prosecutor heads to Brazil as Maduro seeks her arrest

miami heraldVenezuela’s former chief prosecutor — who says she has proof of corruption at the highest levels of the socialist administration — traveled to Brazil on Tuesday amid fevered speculation that she would ultimately seek asylum in the United States.

Ortega’s exact whereabouts have been shrouded in mystery since she fled Venezuela with her husband on Friday — taking a boat to Aruba and then a charter flight to Bogotá.

On Monday, Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos offered her political asylum “if she wants it,” but by Tuesday afternoon government officials said she was on the move again — heading to Brazil where she is expected to deliver remarks at a meeting of international lawmakers. …

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